Congressman Bera in presidential delegation to South Korea

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Congressman Dr. Ami Bera, D-California. Photo: Twitter @RepBera

The White House announced the Presidential delegation that will visit South Korea May 10 for the inauguration of President-elect Yoon Suk Yeol in Seoul. Congressman Dr. Ami Bera, D-California, who serves as chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia and Nonproliferation, is in the delegation which will be led by Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff, the spouse of Vice President Kamala Harris.

Congressman Bera, who also serves as Co-Chair of the Congressional Korea Caucus and the Congressional Study Group on Korea, has long been an advocate for a strong U.S.-South Korea alliance, a press release from his office noted.

“It is an honor to be invited by President Joe Biden to travel to South Korea to attend the inauguration of President-elect Yoon Suk Yeol,” Representative Bera is quoted saying in a press release. “The U.S-South Korea partnership, anchored in our shared values of democracy and a free market economy, continues to be the linchpin of regional security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific.”

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Bera added that “During a time of rapid geopolitical change and emerging threats in the region, our alliance will be key to solving the biggest challenges of the 21st century.”

I look forward to joining my fellow delegation members, led by Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff, to reaffirm and strengthen the close partnership between our two countries and people.”

Other members of the delegation include Christopher Del Corso, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim, U.S. Embassy Seoul; Secretary of Labor Martin J. Walsh; Rep. Marilyn Strickland, D-Washington; Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division, Department of Justice Todd Sunhwae Kim;  Special Assistant to the President for Economic Agency Personnel Linda Hee Jung Shim; and author and Writer-in-Residence at Amherst College Min Jin Lee.

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